Of Donald Trump and Obama “Double-Think”

August 7, 2016

Obamadecline-620“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” George Orwell

President Obama has shown himself to be a chronic sufferer of the malady but the acute attack he had this past Tuesday during what was supposed to be a joint press conference with the Singapore Prime Minister on trade was one for the ages. Unable to control himself, activist Obama left Mr. Lee standing in limbo as he went off on yet another lecture on domestic politics.

It was classic Obama condescension when the “doublethink” about Donald Trump just poured out: ““The fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues” in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”

Someone needs to remind the President that behind him and that microphone he so loves is now a trail of facts 8 years long.

July 3rd, 2008, Fargo, North Dakota:

The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt…so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”

With Mr. Obama more than doubling that debt in just 7 ½ years the “unpatriotic” scale is officially broken.

At another 2008 campaign stop:

“Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us,”

Iran today is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism and over $100 billion richer thanks to “Mr. prepared”.

During a 2012 debate with Governor Mitt Romney:

Gov. Romney, I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida,” …“You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.

A few months earlier that same Obama was caught on an open mic telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to pass along to Vladimir Putin:

“This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,”

Today Russian ships dock at their illegally annexed Crimean naval base and Putin operates at will in Syria and around the world.

Throw in that chemical weapons are again being used behind Mr. Obama’s magical “red line” in Syria, the chaos he left behind in Libya, his ISIS “JV” team that have caused dozens of deaths right here at home, and you have 8 years of failure after failure after failure.

Failures that are not a fantasy of what “might be”, but facts backed up by the graves in the ground.

Donald Trump can be rude, crude and socially cringe-worthy, yet among he, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Trump is the only one who has ever employed people and signed the paychecks, the only one who has ever built something other than debt and regulation, and the only one who hasn’t lived off the taxpayer and political donors his entire adult life.

Hate Donald Trump all you want, but before Obama and Clinton start parroting the “qualified and accomplished” meme, they’d best do themselves, and the country, a favor and buy themselves a mirror. Heck, I bet Trump would even pay for it. With his own money.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the August 7th, 2016 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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